By Benjamin H. Liles
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence [praise] and godly fear. ~ Hebrews 12:28
It is best, especially on a day like today – here in the US – that we most often give thanks. Even in the faith with which we walk in Jesus Christ. We show we receive Heaven as our rich and exceeding reward, but it is not because of the gift that we praise and show Him our gratefulness.
It is because of Him and His saving grace that the Christian praises, gives thanks, and shows just how much he/she believes and sees the magnificence God is doing within their life. When I say this next part it isn’t to cheapen a Christian or his/her walk.
A mechanic will fix up and restore a clunker of a car. He takes out the broken parts, the things we don’t need and can’t use (in this case that would be sin in our lives). Next He gets it running, He puts Himself in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, making sure all is well. He makes sure everything is running right, putting His tender love and care into the work He’s giving.
God doesn’t just do this for one person. He does this for everyone. He doesn’t just test drive one person and then leaves them alone. No. In fact, He keeps retooling, adjusting, tightening things down within the heart of the Christian, thus allowing this person to praise, give thanks, and show Him just how much He matters to that Christian for “fixing” him up.